When To Go
Singapore offers a wide variety of choices to the visitors all year round. But I would suggest going there during the great Singapore Sale which is mostly in June and July, and during December when the whole city becomes really festive. During these dates there is a sale frenzy and everyone just seems to want to get rid of their stuff, throwing discounts and promotional sales here and there.
Personally, though, I prefer going there in December. There's just a slightly cool breeze at night. Not like the rest of the year when the heat is almost unbearable.
The Beer Hunt continues...in Singapore...
Wherever you go, whatever you do, sampling the local beer is definitely something that you should do. What do the locals drink, what beer is most popular, which beer is hardest to find, does it come in a half pint glass just like grandma used to drink…or better still a full pint glass like I drink!!!
Here in Singapore, I have found Tiger Beer to be the big seller and it’s pretty good…a light refreshing beer for a hot humid climate!
Chinatown is the origin of Chinese Singaporans. Nowadays they still keep several historical streets and buildings. The area is no longer the city centre, but is always Chinese history key point
Chinatown is now famous for tourism and its Smith Street is nightmarket for food hunters.
Have you eaten yet?
If you stay long enough in Singapore and mingle with the local ethnic Chinese, you may be surprised if one day, you are asked by your friend or your colleague if you had taken your meal. Among the ethnic Chinese in Singapore, it is common to ask a colleague or friend whom you bumped into casually in the streets or in the corridor `Have you eaten yet?' regardless of the time of the day. In Mandarin, you say `Ni chi bao le ma?' which literally means `Have you eaten till you are full?' This custom of enquiring about the satiety status of another person is an age-old custom with origins in China. In rural China, food was scarce in the winter months and during prolonged drought or other natural calamities. The families of farming communities had to endure long periods of food shortage and sometimes hunger. It was therefore common to enquire whether your neighbour had taken a meal for the day.
With greater affluence, urbanisation and movement of populations from rural to urban areas, starvation and hunger became less common. However, this custom remains till today and is also prevalent in countries with a Chinese majority like China and Taiwan.
Buy or rent
Even though Singapore is in a tropical area-it doesn't rain every day. But you never know when it's going to rain, unless you are here during the monsoon (late october to feb).
When packing for your trip to southeast asia-i highly recommend bringing a small, but strong umbrella. One that can handle heavy downpours. If you don't have the room or forget it at home-you can always rent one at select locations. At the store Giordano-you can rent one. Some information kiosks in the mall-will rent you one, by leaving a deposit. I have rented one from the Heeren shopping center on Orchard Road.
If you want to buy a new umbrella here in Singapore-you will be spoiled by choice. Lots and lots of tiny umbrellas, Even umbrellas that come with hard plastic that surrounds the umbrella when wet or dry. When open it looks like a little bottle is on top the umbrella.